I am behind with my result reporting, but we had a lot of action over the past few days.
Big River was one highlight, showing on track the ability and scope that we have always believed in. He seems to love the track at Kelso and Derek gave him an exemplary ride, filling him with confidence and letting him stride on up the home straight, pictured. It was wonderful to win the Ivan Straker…
We are looking forward to tomorrow at Kelso and with a couple of nice young horses to run it should be a good day racing.
Mighty Thunder ran a super race last time to be a close third and while this race is stronger he has looked well at home. He is still an improving type and will benefit from his race experience today but has a good future in front of him.
Big River pleased us…
With today's Ayr meeting being abandoned our next runners will be tomorrow at Musselburgh.
We start with course winner Misfits who has run much better since he has been stepped up to three miles. A free going sort at home, Mark and the team here have done well to switch him off in his work and we are hoping that he can follow up his last time out win.
The novice hudles will be a…
Grand Morning improved on his last run to follow up with another win at Ayr this afternoon. On heavy ground he was challenged by a hardened handicapper but jumping boldly he managed to fend him off in the closing stages. He will have learned again form today and is making into a nice type for his owner.
Rivabodiva showed courage in the heavy conditions and trying to make all she galloped…
We are very proud of the quality of the riders here and as well as the professional jockeys we have a number of amateur and point to point jockeys working each day on the yards. By using good riders the horses are exercised correctly and we have very few horses who misbehave in their training.
Today four of our staff had rides at the Jedforest point to point; Ailsa McClung, Leanne Williamson,…
We were over the moon with Itstimeforapint's win at Bangor this afternoon; travelling sweetly in his first time blinkers and jumping boldly. He stays well and though he was a bit lonely in front before the line he pulled out enough to win for Ian, Eddie and Mike. He will probably look at another staying chase, possibly at Hexham in March.
Scu and I listened to the Bangor commentary in the…
Snow again this morning and we were thankful for the all weather gallops and tenacity of the staff and horses that keep the show on the road. Pictured is Moorstown leading Rivabodiva, Vertigo and the rest of the second lot up the gallops at Kilduff.
We had a brief flirtation with declaring for a soon to be abandoned Carlisle then Scu updated the entry list following our recent runs and handicap…
A couple of misses over the past few days although there were some solid runs.
At Musselburgh Celtic Flames was given a super ride by Derek, nursed into the race after a few tricky jumps early on, and he had just accelerated to join the leader at the last when he fell; thankfully Celtic only added a few stitches to his veterinary record this time. He looked happier on the better ground…
Kelpies Myth won this afternoon at Musselburgh in his first attempt at a handicap. Keen early on, he hurdled really swiftly and despite being a few lengths down at the last he stayed on under a power-driven ride by Derek. It is a first winner for the owner group Bolton, Mcgladery, Duncan Black and there should be more to follow. Vinos Choice was far too keen and paid the penalty later on; he will…
Where's Tiger looked outpaced up the run in at Catterick coming third on his second start over fences. Unfortunately, he finished a bit sore and will have time to recover.
At home, we welcomed the National Hunt Racing Enthusiasts club to the yard, pictured. A Facebook based group, the members are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and they had a full tour of the yard and gallops and some refreshments…